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Department of Biomedical Informatics News and Stories


Research    DNA    Genetics

Archaic Human DNA Analysis Points to Modern Day Drug Metabolism

Studying the DNA of Neanderthals and Denisovans, two archaic species that lived 100,000 to 30,000 years ago, is helping genomics researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine develop a deeper understanding of pharmacogenes, which can explain how and why modern humans process substances like food, pollutants, and medications.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date January 23, 2024
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Research    DNA    Genetics

Why Do Zebrafish Make Model Organisms in Scientific Research?

At first glance, there don’t seem to be many similarities between humans and zebrafish, but the small freshwater minnows native to southeastern Asia have quickly become a favorite model organism in scientific research, allowing researchers to study human health, rare diseases, and treatment options.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date September 26, 2023
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DNA    Genetics    Data analysis

What is Genomics?

Genes are at the center of nearly every human disease and symptom, and until the past few decades, medical researchers had a much narrower interpretation of the human body’s entire genetic makeup, also called the genome.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date August 30, 2023
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Research    Genetics

How Trustworthy is Your Dog’s DNA Test?

Lila is a registered purebred beagle, but depending on what company does her DNA testing, she might be part rottweiler, part American foxhound, or not a beagle at all.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date July 18, 2023
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Research    Advancement    Genetics

A Taste of the Future: CU Researcher Links Genetics with Dietary Intake

For geneticist Joanne Cole, PhD, food is life. Her love goes beyond trying a new recipe and seeking out new restaurants it’s also in her work in the University of Colorado Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI), identifying the connection between genetics and nutrition.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date July 09, 2023
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Research    Diversity    Genetics

CU Researchers Weave Deeper Understanding of Diverse Ancestry and Gene Expression

Exploring diverse ancestry is a critical factor in furthering medical research.  

A new study published in Nature Genetics from researchers in the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, in partnership with the University of California San Francisco and Stanford University, is the largest of its kind that focuses on ancestry correlations with biomedical traits and the first study to examine the role of genetic variants across diverse ancestries in regulating gene expression.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date May 25, 2023
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Department of Biomedical Informatics In the News


Diagnostic criteria for pediatric sepsis updated for first time since 2005

news outletHealio
Publish DateFebruary 09, 2024

“We leveraged a heavily data-driven approach in order to develop and validate these new criteria,” Tellen D.Bennett, MD, MS, a professor of biomedical informatics and pediatric critical care at the CU School of Medicine, said in a release.

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Updated pediatric sepsis definition could save countless children's lives

news outletNews Medical
Publish DateJanuary 22, 2024

An international research team led by Tell Bennett, MD, MS, professor of biomedical informatics and pediatric critical care at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, released new diagnostic criteria for sepsis in children this week, marking the first update to the pediatric sepsis definition in nearly two decades.

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The Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine Highlighted as a Leader in Precision Medicine in Research and Clinical Care

news outletCU Anschutz News
Publish DateJanuary 05, 2024

“We’re one of the only institutions in the world that has accomplished the dual-purpose of using genetic information to accelerate scientific discovery in research while providing actionable clinical results to patients that can lead to preventative measures for diseases or inform on potential medication reactions,” said the paper’s senior author Chris Gignoux, PhD, MS, professor of Biomedical Informatics at CU Anschutz and the Director of Research for CCPM.  

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Open source and reproducible and inexpensive infrastructure for data challenges and education

news outletNature
Publish DateJanuary 02, 2024

Given the potential to develop scientific and clinical knowledge and the NIH emphasis on data sharing and reuse, there is a need for inexpensive and computationally lightweight methods for data sharing and hosting data challenges. To fill that gap, DBMI researchers developed a workflow that allows for reproducible model training, testing, and evaluation.

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